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The Shitbags of the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)

I am pretty sure that I have posted perviously on the jackasses of the politically active anti-American-involvement-in-war group Iraq Veterans against the War (IVAW).  And I was fairly certain that pretty much everyone knew they were a bunch of shitbags, since they have been exposed time and time again all over the MILBLOGS for the past couple years.  But, after reading War Dog’s recent post (“The Iraq Veterans Against the War: Their Reasons: Samo Samo“), it seems some ignorant peace hippies are still clueless. 

So, I am reposting what I posted over there at War Dog’s blog for everyone’s reference.

By the way, the clueless hippies that commented on War Dog’s post are the reason why I don’t take any leftists here on MySpace seriously.  When they don’t get the basic facts correct, there is no point to listening to them.  Painting peace signs on their faces, putting up pretty psychodelic colors all over their websites and having all the sex they can manage does not do a damn thing to stop evil in this world and change it for the better.  But good luck trying to explain that to them…

War Dog – You may want to direct your hippy readers who think the IVAW is a trustworthy group to the following military blogger sites. The IVAW has been found wanting (to say the least):

Blackfive reports on the scumbags of IVAW

Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette: The IVAW Shitbags

IVAW – Winter Soldier II

There is much, much more on this scumbags, but I shall leave you with this, from Greyhawk:

Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette: Phony Soldiers and Otherwise

The IVAW is a collection of shitbags

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Given that the idea of former American troops becoming political party activists or expressing opposition to the war in Iraq really doesn’t bother me (though I’ll freely counter any false claims they might make in that capacity) I guess I should explain why I refer to the IVAW sh1tb@gs as IVAW sh!tb@gs.

Simple – while ostensibly “anti-war”, the IVAW sh!tb@gs actually spend their time and energy accusing American soldiers of committing endless atrocities in Iraq and insisting that said atrocities are condoned and covered up by the US military. (See this link for details – and don’t even bother arguing this point.) Regardless of what IVAW claims it is – that is what IVAW actually is. (To the point that Jesse MacBeth was a welcome and unquestioned addition – but that’s another story…)

But (you might ask) given that abu Ghraib proves that American soldiers are capable of heinous treatment of the enemy in time of war, shouldn’t such accusations be taken seriously?

Yes.

In fact, that’s what disgusts me the most about the IVAW sh!tb@gs. In the abu Ghraib case, one soldier in the unit involved was outraged by his fellow soldiers’ actions – and he came forward through proper military channels to get it stopped, investigated, and prosecuted. Don’t be confused by the myth CBS drummed up when one of the guilty parties sent Mary Mapes his photo collection – the Army, not CBS, put an end to the actions of the soldiers at abu Ghraib. But (ironically due in part to the success of CBS in propagated that mythical version of the abu Ghraib story) the IVAW crowd is able to get away with claiming they were unable to get their chains of command to act against the atrocities they claim were perpetrated by themselves and their fellow troops.

Of course, listen carefully to their atrocity tales today and you’ll find they don’t actually specify exactly who did what and when – just vague stories of “soldiers” or “officers” or “units” that rampaged through Iraq leaving nothing but dead babies in their wake. (Under “orders” or “policy”.)

This leaves us with only two conclusions regarding the IVAW –

1. They are telling the truth but are covering up for the actual people who committed, ordered, or covered up those atrocities.
2. They are lying.

Whichever the case may be, I know the military will respond to any actual actions on the part of soldiers – see “abu Ghraib” for example.

There may be some IVAW sh!tb@gs who are in my category one above. They are cowards, at best, and criminals, too. They disgust me more than those in cat two. But they are all, at best, shitbags.

If you should ever meet one of these gutless freaks, make him name names.

We who’ve served honorably in Iraq shouldn’t have to live with their lies, or wait 40 years for the truth.
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Also, War Dog, I encourage you to link to Blackfive and Mudville Gazette and encourage your hippy readers to read those sites and debate those soldiers on the topics. It is pretty obvious after reading through some of the comments here from the hippies that they are completely ignorant to facts (ie, 650,000 Iraqi civilian deaths in Iraq was debunked months and months ago, not to mention that anyone paying attention has known that the IVAW are anti-military scumbags for quite a while now). I also encourage people to read Flopping Aces and Op-For.

Here are the links for easy access:

Blackfive: www.blackfive.net

Mudville Gazette: www.MudvilleGazette.com

Flopping Aces: www.FloppingAces.net

Op-For: www.Op-For.com

February 25, 2008 , 10:34PM Posted by | Anti-War Groups, Bush Derangement Syndrome, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), IVAW, Leftist Groups, Liberalism, Military Blogs | Comments Off on The Shitbags of the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)

These Guys are Like Arabic Hannibal Lectors

Via Michael Totten: The Dungeon of Fallujah

An exerpt:

Not all Middle Eastern terrorists are alike. I have been inside Hezbollah’s headquarters south of Beirut. I brushed shoulders with Hamas leaders in the Palestinian parliament, although I was there to interview other people. Never once did I worry that the Lebanese or Palestinian terrorists would actually harm me. Al Qaeda is different. These guys are like Arabic Hannibal Lectors.

“Is it safe to be in here?” I said.

“Well,” Sergeant Dehaan said. “There’s five cops. And me.”

Last summer in Ramadi I met a handful of detainees who were suspected of being Al Qaeda. They looked like doofuses who couldn’t get a date or a job.

Most of the men in this room looked like they were perfectly willing to murder us all with their hands. I could see it in their eyes, in the sinister way some of them squinted at me, in the tightness of their jaw muscles. I wished I had a gun of my own.

Should we have even been standing there in the first place? More than 50 potential killers all but surrounded us. They sat on the floor, but some of them were less than three feet away.

“The nastiest ones are the little guys,” Sergeant Dehaan said. “The little rat-looking bastards. They’re the ones who have done the worst things to people.”

I’ve seen how cruel Iraqi kids can be when they fight over candy the Marines hand out to them. The little rat-looking insurgents most likely were mercilessly picked on as children. When they joined Al Qaeda their bottomless hatred was unleashed against Iraqis even more than it was unleashed on the Americans.

“We have to get out of here,” Sergeant Dehaan said. “The cops are getting nervous.”

He was right. They were. Their hands twitched. Their eyes darted rapidly around the room.

“Let’s go then,” I said. If the cops are nervous, I’m out of there.

We left and I shuddered. There would be no interview in that room.

Read it all.

You want to know what our military men and women – called ‘baby-killers’ by the Democrat Party supported CODE PINKos – have accomplished in Iraq? According to Michael Moore and his worshippers in International A.N.S.W.E.R. and the celebrities and liberals/leftists/”progressives” in World Can’t Wait, they ended the peace and prosperity of a regime where children played and flied kites. But the facts tell a different story of what the brave men and women of the United States military have put to an end:

The famous “Red Building” in the city of Suleimaniya is a horror show. It’s a museum of sorts now, in the way Auschwitz is a museum. Perhaps monument or memorial are better descriptions.

Before it was liberated by the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga, resistance fighters and their family members were arrested, interrogated, and sadistically tortured inside its walls. A free-standing rape room with large windows was built just outside. Bloody women’s underwear was found on the floor after the Baath regime agents were ousted. Inside some of the cells are messages carved by children into the walls. “I was ten years old. But they changed my age to 18 for execution.” “Dear Mom and Dad. I am going to be executed by the Baath. I will not see you again.”

10,725 people were murdered in the Red Building alone by the previous government of Iraq. All died during torture. Formal execution actually took place in Abu Ghraib.

I wrote about and photographed this hideous place on my first trip to the country, and Martin Kunert left the following note in my comments section:

“Two years ago, I produced the documentary film Voices of Iraq.., where we sent 150 DV cameras across Iraq and allowed Iraqis to film their own lives. The cameras got into the prison you visited and others. I viewed several hours of video and testimony detailing the horrors of Saddam’s torture. One woman recalled tearfully how her newborn baby was fed to dogs in front of her eyes. Another video shows floors stained with blood and fat that liquefied off torture victims and poured onto the tiles below them. What transpired in those chambers is beyond belief. It takes a strong stomach to go through the tours you’re experiencing.”

An Iraqi interpreter I met in Baghdad who calls himself Hammer spent time in Abu Ghraib prison while Saddam was in charge.

“On the bus to the jail I didn’t have handcuffs,” he said. “I asked why. The guard said Look behind you. The first guy behind me got a 600 year sentence. The next guy got six hanging sentences. The third guy was sentenced to be thrown blindfolded out of a second story window. Twice. Another guy f*cked his mother and sisters three times. He was freed on Saddam’s birthday. Another guy had his hand cut off.”

I don’t know if it’s true or not, but he said he was swept up and imprisoned for no reason. It’s certainly possible. That’s the kind of country Iraq used to be.

“The guards who ran Abu Ghraib sold hallucinogenic drugs to prisoners for money,” he told me. “They forced me to take them. You need protection in there. You find someone and give him drugs and cigarettes. You pay off the guards to just punch you in the face or move you to a different cell instead of kill you. I was freed 26 days after I arrived, on Saddam’s birthday before I finished the three months. I can’t live with this nightmare anymore.”

He does not live with this nightmare anymore. Different nightmares now haunt decent and innocent people in his country.

It seems somehow inadequate, tone-deaf, and perhaps even wrong to say Fallujah’s disgraceful warehouse for humans is progress. But it is.

Yet, you will not hear this from anyone in the Democrat Party, the mass media, the “anti-war” groups. No. For them, America is evil. The American military is evil. America and Israel are the worst countries in the world regarding human rights.

February 18, 2008 , 8:57PM Posted by | Fallujah, Iraq, Michael Totten, Military Blogs | Comments Off on These Guys are Like Arabic Hannibal Lectors

A Frank Discussion on PTSD by Military Spouses and Dr. Roca of the Veterans’ Administration

As Laughing Wolf notes at Blackfive, Matt Burden and the Blackfive crew have done an outstanding job of addressing the issues of PTS, PTSD and related issues. Laughing Wolf links to GRIM’s outstanding piece (“On PTSD, or more properly, on Coming Home“) where these issues were discussed at length both on the post and in the comments section.

Now, the military spouses at SpouseBUZZ are addressing the issue further in a 2-part, 2-day series.

Defining PTSD tonight on SpouseBuzz Talk Radio 9pm EST

We at SpouseBuzz have been wanting to do a program on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for some time now. PTSD is real, and does affect some families. We have decided that the topic is so important, we will be doing a two part series on PTSD.

I do think the issue has been so politicized, that it has become increasingly hard to discuss in a rational way. There is a lot of shame associated with PTSD.

Please join us tonight for a frank discussion, where we define PTSD.

There should be no shame in discussing PTSD, and helping those families who are affected by the syndrome to seek treatment.

Join us tonight on SpouseBuzz Talk Radio at 9pm EST, as we will be defining PTSD in a frank discussion with Dr. Roca a representative from the VA who specializes in PTSD. Feel free to call in, and participate in the discussion, and the chat room will be open for those of you who are interested.

Be sure to tune in to check it out if possible.

February 14, 2008 , 8:52PM Posted by | Military, Military Blogs, PTSD, Veterans Administration | Comments Off on A Frank Discussion on PTSD by Military Spouses and Dr. Roca of the Veterans’ Administration

Continued Success and Progress in Iraq

First, let’s get the depressing bullcrap out of the way. Here is what the Democrat Party thinks of the progress and success accomplished by our men and women of the United States military in Iraq:

[ … ] The president said that last year, particularly at the end, “has become incredibly successful beyond anybody’s expectations.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took issue. “It is a failure of leadership when our president calls 2007 incredibly successful beyond anybody’s expectations when the Iraqi government has done so little to achieve stability and it has been the most lethal year yet for American troops,” they said in a statement.

But, do not forget, they ‘support the troops’ and we should never, ever question their patriotism.

Of course let us not forget what the Democrats were saying about the plan for Iraq last year:

“It’s interesting. We have had, this week, the colonel in charge of Anbar Province say that it’s a civil war; it’s been lost.”

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
September 13, 2006

“I oppose an escalation of U.S. troops, which I do not believe will contribute to long-term success in Iraq.”

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
January 18, 2007

The article referenced below outlines exactly what I’ve been saying over the past two years — “We haven’t been defeated militarily but we have been defeated politically — and that’s where wars are won and lost.”

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
Quoting a Washington Post Article

September 11, 2006

“The violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from al-Qaida said to these tribes, ‘We have to fight al-Qaida ourselves.’ It wasn’t that the surge brought peace here.”

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
September 4, 2007

But, again, don’t you dare question their patriotism or their faith in and support of the United States military.

But anyway, now on to some analysis from people who do not have their heads shoved firmly and snugly up their effing asses…

Gateway Pundit: SURGE SUCCESS!!… Anbar Province Will Be Handed Over In March

Gateway Pundit: Iraqi Newspapers Go On Attack Against Al-Qaeda

Gateway Pundit: 64,000 Iraqis Return Home From Syria

Gateway Pundit: 3 Iraqi Heroes Sacrifice Their Lives For Fellow Soldiers & Civilians

Jules Crittenden: Fixing Potholes

Michael Yon: Moment of Truth in Iraq

[ … ] There’s only a small group of writers who honestly spend enough time in Iraq to make serious claims based on firsthand accounts. But I’ve seen the Iraqi Army with my own eyes. I’ve done many missions in 2005 and 2007, in many places in Iraq, along with the Iraqi Army: please believe me when I say that, on the whole, the Iraqi Army is remarkably better in 2007 and far more effective than it was in 2005. By 2007, the Iraqis were doing most of the fighting. And . . . this is very important . . . they see our Army and Marines as serious allies, and in many cases as friends. Please let the potential implications of that sink in.

We now have a large number of American and British officers who can pick up a phone from Washington or London and call an Iraqi officer that he knows well — an Iraqi he has fought along side of — and talk. Same with untold numbers of Sheiks and government officials, most of whom do not deserve the caricatural disdain they get most often from pundits who have never set foot in Iraq. British and American forces have a personal relationship with Iraqi leaders of many stripes. The long-term intangible implications of the betrayal of that trust through the precipitous withdrawal of our troops could be enormous, because they would be the certain first casualties of renewed violence, and selling out the Iraqis who are making an honest-go would make the Bay of Pigs sell-out seem inconsequential. The United States and Great Britain would hang their heads in shame for a century.

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Throughout most of 2007, as I’ve watched General Petraeus’ strategy being implemented, I have observed the impact his change in strategy was having on our soldiers, on Iraqi security forces, and most importantly, on Iraqi people including some who were formerly our avowed enemies. I have seen how our own military morphed into something much more agile, and I came to see how American commanders tended to be the most trusted voices in Iraq for many Iraqis.

To be sure, the “Anbar Awakening” and other signs of progress were underway before the massive strategy overhaul occurred, and nobody can track and trace all the factors involved in this fantastically complex war, but one thing was certain: the momentum was shifting in favor of a stable Iraq for the first time. The institutional knowledge reservoir was becoming vast, and success was touted and shared. It may have been true that Americans knew very little about Iraq before the invasion, but it was for certain that American commanders had now developed an intimate understanding of the goings-on. It can be said with confidence that as a group, no non-Iraqis know more about Iraq than the US military.

Michael Totten: The Rings on Zarqawi’s Finger

For all the hatred in the Middle East, there is also forgiveness, and moderation. Where are the moderate Muslims? ask many Americans. I find the question bizarre. I meet them every day in Iraq, and everywhere else in the Middle East, too. The problem is they have a hard time getting attention in newspapers and magazines that wallow in sensationalism.

“What happened before, happened,” said Omar, returning to the discussion of the American invasion with the Iraqi Police. “One mistake was committed, but it’s gone. Let’s just close it and not keep analyzing the same problem again. According to our analysis, American troops are now here to help Iraq.”

Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha made similar points, a bit more eloquently, to Johns Hopkins University Professor Fouad Ajami: “Our American friends had not understood us when they came. They were proud, stubborn people and so were we. They worked with the opportunists, now they have turned to the tribes, and this is as it should be. The tribes hate religious parties and religious fakers.”

“We have promised to work with the Americans against Al Qaeda,” Ahmed continued. “And that’s it. That is all we are allowed to say about politics. But I can say that I feel the sincerity in the American support for the Iraqi civilians here. I am not going to say any bad words about Americans. I can feel that they really are eager to accomplish that mission.”

Bill Roggio: Operation Phantom Phoenix Targets al Qaeda Havens

Despite the recent success in reducing the violence in Iraq, the fight against al Qaeda in Iraq and the Shia extremist terror groups is not over. Coalition and Iraqi forces have launched Operation Phantom Phoenix, a new operation targeting the terror groups throughout Iraq.

The scope of Phantom Phoenix is nationwide. The operation is “a series of joint Iraqi and Coalition division- and brigade-level operations to pursue and neutralize remaining al-Qaeda in Iraq and other extremist elements,” Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq stated. “Phantom Phoenix will synchronize lethal and non-lethal effects to exploit recent security gains and disrupt terrorist support zones and enemy command and control.”

The specific geographical locations targeted during Phantom Phoenix were not identified. Iraqi and Coalition forces will “pursue al-Qaeda and other extremists wherever they attempt to take sanctuary,” Odierno said.

Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive: Blackfive TV- Surge Anniversary & Big Bombing Day

John McCain and Joe Lieberman: The Surge Worked

Rudy Giuliani: War on Terror Conversations: Rudolph Giuliani [Video]

Deebow at Blackfive: Why am I only hearing about this now?

Subsunk at Blackfive: The Finest Ambassadors

[ … ] But it is a lesson which we need not have learned over and over again over the course of the last 7 years in our endeavors to change the radical Islamic approach to coexistence (“Good Muslims rule and Infidels and Apostates die” might be the simplest way to put that).

The Finest Ambassador from America will always be a United States Soldier with a rifle in one hand and candy in the other. No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy is a philosophy which is known and understood throughout the World. Even by Islamofascists.

“While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam’s oppression.” Got that?

Although imperfectly executed sometimes over the intervening years (as Mike Yon points out), you can plainly see that the underlying strategy involved in winning over our enemies has not changed one iota since the war began. Give a decent American soldier a chance to set the example, and the whole world will eventually beat its way towards your line of thought.

Any more talk of Defeat and Retreat merely means the Dhimmicrats and cowardly Rethuglicans of the same stripe don’t care if they undo everything the American Fighting Man has done over the last 6 years. More blood doesn’t mean a thing to them as long as they get reelected. Men will insist the War be Won and brought to an end the only way it can end. With a Victory.

Press on.

Subsunk out.

Matt Burden at Blackfive: Operations Continue…

Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard: They Can’t Handle the Truth – The Democrats and the Surge

And finally, hear from the Man of the Year himself, GEN David Petraeus [via Steve Schippert at NRO THE TANK]: One Man Caucus: 7 Questions for Gen. Petraeus

In what is an excellent interview published at Foreign Policy, Italy’s RAI asked David Petraeus seven questions. His answers are very informative and easy for average Americans to wrap their heads around, sans often wonkish and technical counterinsurgency lingo that so often loses many right out of the gate in such discussions.

General Petraeus even somewhat dispels the title of the interview, “Seven Questions: Gen. David Petraeus on Winding down the Surge.” He notes that it is proper to be more precise and note that it is a draw down of American forces in ‘The Surge,” but that with increasing Iraqi roles, “The Surge” will continue.

Once again, I encourage you to get all your military news and analysis of military matters from MILBLOGS. Journalists, politicians, political pundits and bloggers really do not know what they are talking about when it comes to military matters. They all speak about military matters through a political or ideological anti- or pro-military bias. If you want the best objective analysis, go visit the MILBLOGS.

January 10, 2008 , 10:45PM Posted by | al Qaeda, Democrats, General David Petraeus, Iraq, John McCain, Media Bias, Michael Yon, Military, Military Blogs, Nancy Pelosi, Rudy Giuliani, The Long War, War Effort in Iraq | 1 Comment

ABC News Finds Religion!

I find it amusing when the anti-religion (read:  anti-Christianity and anti-Judaism) mass media try to use religions they hate to support their ideology.  Such as here:  ABC’s Roberts to Laura Bush: Export Generosity, Not Bombs?

America should export generosity and hope instead of bombs and fear. Host Robin Roberts quoted these sentiments from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and columnist Thomas Friedman to Laura Bush on Monday’s “Good Morning America.” Roberts was traveling with the First Lady through the United Arab Emirates and other Middle Eastern countries as part of a tour to increase breast cancer awareness in that region. And while the ABC host mostly stuck to discussing the honorable nature of the trip, she couldn’t resist a few pointed barbs.

The GMA anchor first cited New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s suggestion that the U.S. “should export hope instead of fear.” Roberts then regurgitated another bumper sticker slogan by mentioning a discussion with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She recounted, “Desmond Tutu went even farther, saying the generosity of Americans, that’s what we should export instead of our bombs.” In a follow-up interview with Middle Eastern women who survived breast cancer, Roberts awkwardly asked, “Does it help with Mrs. Bush and the United States coming here?…Or is it seen as, ‘Okay, the Americans are, again, trying to force something on us?‘”

Wow, such ignorance.  Obviously the mass media does not read military blogs or they would read about the hope and generosity we Americans, led by our military, are exporting all throughout the world, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Has Ms. Roberts heard of Spirit of America?  How about Operation Iraqi Children?  Or how about Operation Give?  Yeah, I bet not.  Even though these operations have been ongoing for YEARS. 

Then again, I can’t blame her.  It must be difficult to read and investigate such things with her head up her ass.

But I’m getting away from my main point for writing this…

Like I said, it amuses me to see the secular, anti-Christianity, anti-Judaism mass media actually using religion to support its ideological views.  Just once, I would like to see an interviewee snap back saying that religions also call for no abortions and saving sex for marriage.  What do YOU say Ms. Roberts about that decree from religious leaders HMMMMM???

Watching her sit there umm-ing and ahh-ing and shifting uncomfortably in her seat would be worth paying to see on Pay-per-View.

October 23, 2007 , 2:49AM Posted by | Afghanistan, Iraq, Media Bias, Military Blogs, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on ABC News Finds Religion!